Hanson and Scott will be vital to the Ducks winning the battle in the trenches

How Deommodore Lenoir limits ASU's N'keal Harry and how Dillon Mitchell takes on ASU's Chase Lucas will decide the game


-- Jake Hanson, C: He missed the first half of last week’s game against Utah because of a targeting call. With his absence, the Ducks struggled mightily to protect quarterback Justin Herbert and continuously move the ball. He’s the leader of the offensive line unit, and as the deal with injuries and plug new players in, Hanson is responsible for making sure they’re on the same page. Protecting Herbert, running the ball and being physical are a must for the group, and it all starts with Hanson.

-- Deommodore Lenoir, CB: Lenoir has emerged as the Ducks’ best cover corner, showing improvement in each facet of the game. His ability to run with faster wide receivers while also being physical with big-bodied ones has helped keep Oregon relevant in the secondary. This week, he’ll go up against the most physically imposing and gifted receiver in the Pac-12 — the 6-foot-4, 215-pound N’Keal Harry. Last year, Harry torched the Ducks with seven catches for 170 yards and a score. Limiting Harry limits the Sun Devils offense.

-- Dillon Mitchell, WR: Mitchell has essentially been Oregon’s entire offense since conference play began — accounting for nearly one-fourth of the Ducks’ total offense. At this point, with team victories becoming mandatory over player development, Oregon should just ride Mitchell’s capabilities till the end. He’s a mismatch nightmare, leading the conference in all major receiving categories.

-- Jordon Scott, NT: One of the few bright spots on Oregon’s maligned defensive line has been Scott — but he performance last week was well below par for him on the season. As the nose tackle, he’s the most vital player to the Ducks’ defense, having must occupy the “A” gaps. With the Pac-12’s leading rusher coming to town, Scott must play big to stop Arizona State on the offensive side of the ball.

Series History: 19-17 Oregon. The Ducks’ 10-game winning streak in the series came to an end last season when Arizona State upset then-ranked No. 24 Oregon 37-35 on a 41-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining in the game. Two years ago, Herbert got his first career win when he threw for a program-record tying 489 yards and four scores in the 54-35 win.

Quote to Note: "Starting the prepping out getting ready for senior day in Autzen Stadium, our last game of the 2018 season at home,” head coach Mario Cristobal said. “Certainly, for the seniors always an emotional moment, guys that have done a lot for the program — looking forward to prepping well and giving them the best opportunity to have success on Saturday."

Roster Report

-- WR Tabari Hines is transferring from the program. Hines came to Oregon as a graduate transfer from Wake Forest but has yet to catch a pass in Pac-12 play. His time as a Duck ends with three catches for 32 yards and one score.

-- LB Sampson Niu is in the concussion protocol. His status is unknown for this weekend

-- LB Adrian Jackson, after suffering a shoulder injury last weekend, is expected to play this weekend against Arizona State

-- LT Steven Jones is in the concussion protocol after getting banged up in the fourth quarter against Utah. His status is unknown for this weekend.

-- Starting RB CJ Verdell suffered a minor neck injury last week but is expected to play against Arizona State

-- RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio sustained a severe quad contusion that made him stay at the University of Utah hospital on Saturday night. He flew back to Eugene on Sunday — it doesn’t appear he’ll play this weekend

-- RB Tony Brooks-James is listed atop the depth chart this week

-- QB Justin Herbert has thrown a touchdown in 25 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation